Virtuous Life ~ Week 10

Humility is not thinking less of yourself
but thinking of yourself less.
– C.S. Lewis

Humility. The heart of the matter is serving each other in
love, isn’t it? So why do we complicate things so much?

phil 234Faith is so important. As is being faithful. The world we live in is so opposite of the Gospel Today we are told it is all about us; we are to seek after those things which bring us joy regardless of the cost. Its all about me right? We are encouraged to do those things that are “best for us”. But God’s word tells us the exact opposite. And if we look at the example Jesus set before us:

He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. (John 13:4-5)

That speaks volumes to me. We can’t do better than to follow the lead of Jesus; He was willing to wash the feet of His disciples. How much more should we too seek to be humble? To put those we meet every day, before us, seeking how we can
love and serve the people God has put in our lives, showing them Christ in us?

Is it better to leave our mark on the world, or in the heart of another? He says “love is the greatest of these….” A way to keep all of His ways; in love we may cover a multitude of sins. We find our purpose within those quiet moments when no one but
God sees the work of our hands. When there is none to see, yet still we joyfully work, for the Lord. That is purpose. That is faithfulness.

Humility is found in many forms such as modesty, meekness, humbleness, lowliness of mind, and submission. These are all virtues that go against our natural desire to excel and be seen in this world. What shall we do? Shall we go after the things of the flesh or continue to seek after those things of the Spirit? Which will take work; we will need to move our feet. It is exercise; we have to work those muscles. No matter how hard it is to lift those weights, the more we do the easier we will find it to be. And it gets easier. It becomes more natural, the more we do it.

Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my
life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me,
but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down,
and I have power to take it again. This commandment
have I received of my Father. ~ John 10:17-18, KJV

Let us choose, no matter the cost and no matter the struggle, that which can bring glory to our Lord. May every step we take be a willful and deliberate act of service to our Father.  If we exercise humility  and take up our cross daily, laying down the desires of the flesh for the good of another, the rewards and the blessings that shall rain down upon us…Let us choose submission. May we choose joy.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come
after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and
follow me. ~ Matthew 16:24, KJV

Let our mind be that which was in Christ Jesus. May we be so focused on sharing the Good News; in walking in His way, that we do not stop to think of our self.  Let us rather be ever mindful of His ways and seeking a greater purpose. One which shows that each step we take is meant for the glory of God; purposeful and driven as we first, seek the Kingdom of God. Let us be faithful, and harmless. Serving others as He served us,

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